The University recognises that within its diverse community there may be members and visitors who are vulnerable at any given time. The University is committed in its obligation to protect children and vulnerable adults who are at risk of harm, abuse, neglect, discrimination or exploitation, for example, but not limited to, sex work, human trafficking and supporting terrorism or criminal acts.
All members of the University community have an essential role to play in ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected and to support the University in its commitment to working within the principles of dignity, safety, equality and diversity.
The Prevent Duty
Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 imposes a duty on Higher Education Institutions to have a due regard for the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. The government has issued statutory guidance for all public authorities and guidance specifically aimed at universities on this duty.
Preventing a student from being drawn into terrorism or supporting terrorism is fundamentally a safeguarding duty. Any concern that a student is being radicalised and exploited by others into supporting terrorism or criminal acts should be raised under the UEA Safeguarding policy.
Within UEA, certain groups of staff have been identified to receive either face-to-face training or online training in the area of Prevent. The face-to-face training takes the form of the Home Office Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent, delivered by a trained member of staff from the Student Support Service. The online training takes the form of a UEA Virtual Learning Environment module which links to the Home Office online training module (https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk).
The training provided aims to equip staff with the skills to:
- recognise when a student may be vulnerable;
- know where to share concerns;
- ensure a considered and proportionate early intervention is made;
- protect a student from harm and criminal behaviour.
The University has a Safeguarding Policy, Procedure and Guidance for the Safeguarding of Children, Vulnerable Adults and Prevention of Exploitation. The current policy is available to view as a PDF here.
Raising a concern
If you have any concerns about someone who you feel may be vulnerable to exploitation or if you would like more information about the University’s Prevent duties, please contact Student Services (01603 59 2761).